Record-breaking Sears Tower climb aids tsunami victims
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April 14, 2005 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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Record-breaking Sears Tower climb aids tsunami victims


Sears Tower


Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff of Chicago-area universities will participate in what is believed to be a Guiness Book of World Records-breaking stair climb of the Sears Tower this Saturday, April 16, 2005.

Spearheaded by University of Chicago student David Clayman, the “Skyscraper Challenge Chicago” hopes to raise more than $25,000 dollars to aid victims of the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia in December 2004. Each of the participants in the stair climb will raise at least $70 to support the rebuilding of a hospital in India’s Nicobar Islands, where more than 28,000 have been left homeless by the tsunami disaster. After climbing the 105 floors, participants will celebrate on the Sears Tower SkyDeck.

The stair-climb, which will include students, faculty, and staff from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Loyola University, will begin at 8:15 PM, and end before midnight.

Online registration is open to Chicago students citywide on the Skyscraper Challenge website For more information about the event, please contact Josh Schonwald at 773-702-8359.
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